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Population
  2010 2012
Population 18,801,310 19,317,568
Median Age 40.7 41.3
Total 8 year-olds 216,159 215,870
Boys 110,332 110,166
Girls 105,827 105,704
Total 9 year-olds 223,553 216,806
Boys 113,695 110,693
Girls 109,858 106,113
Total 10 year-olds 226,247 218,396
Boys 115,270 111,466
Girls 110,977 106,930
Total 11 year-olds 224,386 225,929
Boys 114,908 114,843
Girls 109,478 111,086
Total 12 year-olds 224,856 231,116
Boys 114,914 117,649
Girls 109,942 113,467
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 79.9% 79.3%
Car Pool 9.6% 9.7%
Public Transportation 2.0% 2.2%
Work at Home 4.6% 5.0%

Geography
Capital Tallahassee
Largest City Jacksonville
Second Largest City Miami
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 350.6

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 7,350 7,758
Amusement Parks 61 53
Fast-Food Restaurants 11,250 11,899
Toy Stores 523 448
Video/Disc Rental Stores 541 192
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 57 52
Candy & Nut Stores 191 168
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 690 703
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 33 39

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: March 3, 1845
  • Population 1850: 87,445
  • Population 1900: 528,542
  • Population 1950: 2,771,305
  • Population 2000: 15,982,378

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Sunshine State
  • Flower: Orange Blossom
  • Tree: Sabal Palm
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Animal: Florida Panther
  • Drink: Orange Juice
  • Reptile: American Alligator
  • Song: The Swanee River

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.